Rick Scott: Forget the Oil Spill -- Let's Go Fishing!

Slick Rick catches his own BP Special.
Slick Rick catches his own BP Special.
Florida Governor's Office

On the first anniversary of the Deepwater Horizon disaster that spilled 200 million gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico, Gov. Rick Scott celebrated by going fishing.

Sounds strange, but Slick Rick didn't have much choice. He favors offshore drilling. He's refusing to sue the owner of the Deepwater Horizon rig. And he believes the experts who say Gulf fish are oil-free and safe to eat.

Sure, scientists still have questions about the long-term effects of the oil on the ocean floor and the chemical dispersants used after the spill. And yes, even some seafood purveyors admit they've stopped selling Gulf shrimp, because they've seen the oil at the bottom of the ocean.

"The product that lives in that water can't be any good," Frank Patti, owner of Joe Patti's Seafood in Pensacola, told the Palm Beach Post. "I don't want it in the building. Everyone says it's fine. But they're crazy as hell. It's not fine."

But Scott says eat up! He went fishing with his Cabinet members in Panama City yesterday and tucked into the seafood at a local restaurant. Mmm, mmm. Hope it went down smooth.


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